Part 5 Contributors


Millicent Borges Accardi
Kim Addonizio
Marjorie R. Becker
Jacqueline Berger
John Brandi
James Cagney
Carol Moldaw
Kosrof Chantikian
Brendan Constantine
James Cushing
Kim Dower
David Garyan
Valentina Gnup
Troy Jollimore
Judy Juanita
Paul Lieber
Rick Lupert
Glenna Luschei
Sarah Maclay
Jim Natal
Judy Pacht
Connie Post
Jeremy Radin
Luis J. Rodriguez
Gary Soto
Cole Swensen
Arthur Sze
Charles Upton
Scott Wannberg (In Memoriam)

Part 1 Contributors

Rae Armantrout
Bart Edelman
David Garyan
Suzanne Lummis
Glenna Luschei
Bill Mohr
D. A. Powell
Amy Uyematsu
Paul Vangelisti
Charles Harper Webb
Bruce Willard
Gail Wronsky

Part 2 Contributors

Elena Karina Byrne
liz gonzález
Grant Hier
Lois P. Jones
Ron Koertge
Glenna Luschei
Rooja Mohassessy
Susan Rogers
Patty Seyburn
Maw Shein Win
Kim Shuck
Lynne Thompson
Carine Topal
Cecilia Woloch

Part 3 Contributors

Michelle Bitting
Laurel Ann Bogen
Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Lucille Lang Day
Corrinne Clegg Hales
Marsha De La O
Charles Jensen
Eloise Klein Healy
Glenna Luschei
Clint Margrave
Henry Morro
Alexis Rhone Fancher
Phil Taggart
David L. Ulin
Jonathan Yungkans
Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis

Part 4 Contributors

Tony Barnstone
Willis Barnstone
Ellen Bass
Christopher Buckley
Neeli Cherkovski
Boris Dralyuk
Alicia Elkort
Mary Fitzpatrick
Michael C. Ford
Kate Gale
Frank X. Gaspar
Dana Gioia
Shotsie Gorman
S.A. Griffin
Donna Hilbert
Brenda Hillman
Glenna Luschei
Phoebe MacAdams
devorah major
Clive Matson
K. Silem Mohammad
Rusty Morrison
Harry Northup
Holly Prado Northup - In Memoriam
Cathie Sandstrom
Shelley Scott - In Memoriam
Daniel Shapiro
Mike Sonksen
Pam Ward
Sholeh Wolpe
Gary Young
Mariano Zaro

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Paul Lieber
Californian Poets Part 5: Five Poems
Paul Lieber



Photo, p. 340
Skyline of lower Manhattan, February 5, 1965,
from the Empire State Building
before the World Trade Center was built


An overview of Fifth Avenue:
An artery. A spine.

The streets:
the nerve center,
that tutored,
fueled my steps
as I marched among
the crowd
cutting through the night,
through my youth,
not knowing
I was taking notes.

Photo, p. 75
Hasidic men with traditional fur felt hats
at Crown Heights gathering.


There’s a line of Hasidic men with fur-felt hats
with no date at the bottom of the photo;
they’ve remained in the same garb
for centuries, the same unbending
beliefs and the mystery encased
in the Torah – the mystery
of the mystery in the mystery.
They could argue among themselves
and God, hats in place and payos growing.
I might as well be Christian, Muslim,
Buddhist, an atheist among them,
an infidel who gobbles Gefilte fish,
lox, knaidlach, potato kugel and challah.
I’d follow them into that cafeteria
on East Broadway. I’d follow them
into Friedman’s on Canal and bite
into blitzes at another table. I’d eat
kasha varnishkes with eggs and listen
to them argue forever
from across the divide.

Photo p. 118
Finger cymbals on Fifth Avenue
By Hare Krishna Aug 2, 1969


They might show up on your street,
swaying in a trance beyond the grip of self.
They catch you on any corner
and serenade and I too would
like to be enclosed in a song:
a place without all the asking
and reaching. I might shave
my head, tap a drum or shake
a cymbal; let the breeze run up my robe.
Let years roll on as we orbit,
never thinking of fame, mental institutions,
the cower of my mother. Just
the encasement, the breathing.

Photo, p. 237
Claes Oldenburg digging a coffin-
sized “Hole” measured to exact specification,
then closing it up, in Central Park,
October 1, 1967, behind the Metropolitan
Museum near the Egyptian obelisk.


He measures it in a suit and tie
then seals it. I see a man

standing in the hole and Claes
with a ruler. He buries space

in a casket: perhaps a cluster
of memories, perhaps time itself.

In Venice, CA he created a pair
of binoculars, blown-up

at least two stories. I run across
his misplaced sockets and electric plugs;

those oversized
out-of-place objects

shake my brain like a castanet.
Remember when my son was chided

by a guard for skating in the Cubist
section of the museum.

Photos, p.6 Top: Allen Ginsberg in front of Judson
Memorial Church, March 29, 1964.
Bottom: Gregory Corso in a marathon
Reading for Andrei Voznesensky at
The Village Theatre, May 18, 1967


Allen looking as if he wants
something from me, to arrive
at a similar conclusion.
He is impatient. “Aren’t I right,”
he seems to say but I don’t budge.
I am sold on my convictions.
“First thought, best thought.”
And there is Gregory reading
into the microphone at the
Village Theatre focusing on
what’s in front of him, thickening
each word with a luscious Brooklyn
inflection and when I met him
at Café Trieste in San Francisco
he invited me to smoke a joint.
After the third inhale he asked
if I thought Allen was
a better poet than he.
I replied you’re my favorite.
He repeated do you think Allen is better?
I answered: “Is an elm tree better
than a meadow? Is a deer
better than a buffalo?”
Gregory said, “Don’t get cute.”
And then: “It’s not right
that I am poor.”